22 April 2016
BRP Tarlac (LD-601) (photo : pr1v4t33r)
Philippine Navy’s first Strategic Sealift Vessel (SSV) BRP Tarlac (LD-601) will be ready to sail to the Philippines in the coming days, this was revealed by the pioneering crew of the said vessel in a Facebook post.
“Happy 2nd Monthsary for the Pioneering Crew of the SSV1. Few more days to come,we will be ready sailing back to our nation. HOOYAH!” the crew said April 20.
“It’s akin to a car doing road test. The facilities and other navigational instruments are being tested to ensure seaworthiness, especially before its embarks on its voyage to the Philippines,” Navy spokesperson Colonel Edgard Arevalo said previously.
Delivery of said vessel is expected before the 118th founding anniversary of Philippine Navy on May 20.
Manufacturing of the said SSV was officially completed April 4.